Happy Lohri, Pongal, Makar Sankranti 2012

Happy-Lohri MNTravelogIts January that is always full of color of Hopes, Wishes and Challenges. As it comes as the start of New Year, January month comes with lot of Values. The month give a move of Spring from the chilling winters. It also mean a lot to farmers as celebrate there harvest festival. The Day of 14th January is specially celebrated as Harvest Day. Farmers devote there cultivation to God by giving thanks to him. The festival is celebrated across different arts of India. But with names , Different ritual but same feeling of thanking God. The festival is celebrated as Makar Sankranti in Norther Part of India. As Lohri in Punjab and as Pongal in Southern part of India.

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Happy-Diwali-MNTravelogDeepavali (row of lamps) or Diwali, popularly known as the “Festival of lights,” is a festival celebrated between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year. It is celebrated across India in different forms. During Diwali, all wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian buy gold, new utencils etc. And on the Deepawali, goddess of wealth Lakshmi ji is worshipped to fulfill the wishes of the devotees. No doubt crackers are the main attractions on the eve of diwali.

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Daker Saaj 2011 in Office

Daker-Saaj-MNTravelogThe Bengal’s traditional Daker saaj – a unique and typical artwork to decorate Devi Durga’s in west bengal. It was in the year 1757 after the Battle of Plassy, Durga Puja was initiated. The decorations are made of almost anything that make the devi beautiful and look unique. But the special one is the Daker saaj silver foil which is imported from Germany to decorate the Ma Durga’s idol. As the foil is imported through post which means ‘dak’ and thus the decoration came to known as ‘Daker Saaj’.

Daker saaj is used in traditional pujas including the puja in Sovabazaar Rajbari, Seal bari to name a few. To celebrate the joy, a competition was held at my work place for Ma Durga  saaj and hence a great time to indulge into something creative… 🙂

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